Kipyegon and Kwemoi all class in Eugene

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
May 28, 2017
  • Faith Kipyegon winning the 1500m at the Diamond League at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene.(Photo:Organisers)

  • Ronald Kwemoi won the Bowermile mile.(Photo:Organisers)

Faith Kipyegon produced an equally dominant showing in the women’s 1500m, the Olympic champion once again having too much speed for her rivals on the final lap and coming home in blissful isolation in 3:59.67 ahead of fellow Kenyan Hellen Obiri (4:00.46) and Britain’s Laura Muir (4:00.47).

Caster Semenya continued her dominance in the women’s 800m, though the South African was made to work hard for her victory, fending off the late challenge of Kenya’s Margaret Wambui, 1:57.78 to 1:57.88. Francine Niyonsaba was third in 1:59.10.

"Even though it was a little bit tactical, I was just trying to hang on there until the last hundred," said Semenya. "The race was a little bit bumpy; it was a bit slow and hot out there."

Farah too fast for rivals

British Mo Farah continued his dominance in the men’s 5000m, winning in a world-leading 13:00.70 from Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha (13:01.21) and Geoffrey Kamworor (13:01.35).

"I just used my experience to finish strong," said Farah.

"I was getting clipped and pushed around, but you just have to be strong and hold your place. This track is special; what a way to end my career in the US."

Farah ran the race in the fashion his rivals have now come to expect, but once again none of them had an answer to the Brit when it came to crunch-time. Farah, as is his tendency, hung out in the latter half of the field for the first two kilometres, steadily creeping his way towards the leading pack as they reached halfway.

With four laps to run, he positioned himself in second, stalking the footsteps of world cross-country champion Geoffrey Kamworor.

Farah swept to the front with two laps to go, pulling a group of seven athletes along with him. From there, he was headed only briefly, Farah never surrendering the inside line as he fended off the last-lap surges of Kejelcha and Kamworor to maintain his stature as king of the track.

However, in the concluding event, the Bowerman Mile, Ronald Kwemoi proved that he could be a serious threat to Farah if he steps up to 5000m at the IAAF World Championships London 2017.

The Kenyan showed an impressive range of gears to snatch victory near the line in 3:49.04, his last lap a swift 53.73, ahead of Elijah Manangoi (3:49.08) and Timothy Cheruiyot (3:49.64).